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Keeping Up With Minnesota's college hockey prospects

Ever wonder how a Wild prospect was doing in college yet didn’t know who to follow? Then this post is for you.

Ten Minnesota Wild draft picks are playing college hockey this season. Spread across eight schools, the prospects compose a group who are counted upon to play important roles on their individual teams. Five are forwards. Five are defensemen.
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Three - Louie Belpedio, Nolan De Jong, and this past June’s first round pick Luke Kuin - captain their respective teams. In the case of Kunin, the Chesterfield, MO native is only the second sophomore in Wisconsin’s history to be named captain.

And all ten can be be tracked throughout their seasons. Here's who to follow, in order of selection.

Luke Kunin, Wisconsin (2016 1st round pick)
Who to follow: Todd Milewski - @ToddMilewski

Todd is back on the Badger beat for the Wisconsin State Journal after working at the Madison Cap Times. He’s also an executive editor for USCHO, one of the largest national college hockey websites.

Jordan Greenway, BU (2015 2nd round pick)
Who to follow: Boston Hockey Blog - @BOShockeyblog; Scott McLaughlin - @smclaughlin9

The Boston Hockey Blog comprises BU’s student paper coverage for the Daily Free Press. It’s one of the better collection of student beat writers throughout the national college hockey landscape. Several have gone onto bigger and better things. One is McLaughlin, who now covers BU and Hockey East for WEEI.com and a Boston-centric podcast.

Louie Belpedio, Miami (2014 3rd round pick)
Who to follow: @MiamiOH_Hockey

Miami’s official account is one of my favorite team accounts for both information and humor. And pancake updates.

Brandon Duhaime, Providence College (2016 4th round pick)
Who to follow: Mark Divver - @MarkDivver

Mark is the longtime college hockey and AHL reporter for the Providence Journal.

Carson Soucy, Minnesota Duluth (2013 5th round pick)
Avery Peterson, Minnesota Duluth (2013 6th round pick)
Who to follow: Matt Wellens - @MattWellens; Bruce Ciskie - @BruceCiskie

With two different Wild prospects, there is twice the reason to follow Minnesota Duluth. (Peterson, who transferred from Nebraska-Omaha, will be eligible beginning in late December.) Wellens covers the Bulldogs for the Duluth News Tribune. Ciskie is the team’s radio play-by-play announcer. Both are fairly active on Twitter.

Nick Boka, Michigan (2015 6th round pick)
Nolan De Jong, Michigan (2013 7th round pick)
Who to follow: Orion Sang - @orion_sang; Joe Wolke - @MnBJoe

Another two-fer for a pair of defensemen that have been on the same pairing. Orion is one of Michigan’s plethora of student reporters covering the Wolverines all over the nation for The Michigan Daily. Joe does some quality coverage over from afar at Michigan’s SB Nation blog Maize N Brew.
Louie Nanne, RPI (2012 7th round pick)
Who to follow: Perry Laskaris - @perrylaskaris
Perry does play-by-play for RPI hockey. He’s also #oneofus if that carries any weight.

Jack Sadek, Minnesota (2015 7th round pick)
Who to follow: Nate Wells - @gopherstate; Eric Vegoe - @evegoe; Drew Cove - @drewcove48

Yes I’m suggesting myself. Yes this is awkward. But the team I cover regularly has a Wild prospect and it'd also be awkward if I didn't mention that fact. I'd also suggest Eric (covering Minnesota for Gopher Puck Live and Minnesota Hockey Magazine) and Drew (who covers for the student newspaper Minnesota Daily) because they're around as well and do a fantastic job covering the Gophers.

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Very informative... Thanks Nathan! Hockey is so unique when it comes to drafted players and them playing in college but remaining able to sign. These are some great follows. Would be nice to see every week or two how the players are performing.

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